Grant-funded Indian Ripple Road project will start this year

MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF
MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

More than $1 million worth of improvements to Indian Ripple Road will begin this year.

As part of the project, curbing will be added and there’ll be drainage improvements between Harbert Drive and Grange Hall Road. There will also be a 5-foot wide sidewalk built on the south side of the road and an 8-foot-wide side path build on the other side of the road.

Indian Ripple will then be resurfaced after the project is complete.

The project is estimated to cost about $1.03 million, and Beavercreek will pay about 66% of that amount. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will pay 34%, or about $350,000, of the project cost.

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Beavercreek City Council this week approved an agreement between ODOT and the city defining their roles in the project. ODOT is currently doing a final review of the plan.

The city will likely bid out the project this spring and construction will start in the summer.

Assistant City Engineer Nick Smith said the road will remain open for the project. The three-lane road will have two lanes of traffic during construction.

Impacts on traffic should be minimal and there shouldn’t be delays because of construction, Smith said.

The project will last about four months.

Beavercreek continues to work on several projects in 2021 that began last year. Those include the Kemp Road and the Dayton-Xenia Road widening projects. Those projects are estimated to cost about $2.6 million and $3 million, respectively. The city will also continue to work on Kemp Road signal improvements. This project will cost about $700,000 when completed.

All three of those projects are partially grant-funded.

Beavercreek will also complete some deferred maintenance from the 2019 and 2020 construction seasons that had to be reduced because of the city’s tornado recovery efforts. The city has been reimbursed for the majority of the tornado-related expensed and about $2.9 million has been directed to road, side path and curb maintenance in 2021.

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